May 20, 2018 - Economy

White House walks back Chinese tariff plans

Steve Mnuchin. Photo by Ryan McBridge/AFP/Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday that around $150 billion worth of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods are on hold as the two countries continue trade negotiations to reduce their deficit.

"We're putting the trade war on hold, so right now we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework. ... We have an agreement with China that they're going to substantially agree to it."

The backdrop: His remarks come a day after and Washington and Beijing released a joint statement, which didn't include many details on how exactly both sides would "substantially reduce" the trade imbalance.

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